There are a number of ways that a Macalester science major can gain experience working in a research lab during the summer. Read about collaborative research opportunities with Macalester faculty. On-campus opportunities are funded by the programs listed below. You may submit your applications for collaborative reserach starting on January 4, 2017, and the deadline is 5:00PM on February 6, 2017.  

Funding Sources for On Campus Research

Jan Serie Research Fellowship: The Jan Serie Fund was created to support student-faculty collaborative research and is awarded as a fellowship to provide stipend support for students doing full time research during the summer in any area of science or math. Research may take place at Macalester or another site, but all proposals and projects require a Macalester faculty mentor/sponsor who will participate and/or advise the student during the research experience. The deadline for applications for the Serie Fellowship is 5:00PM on February 13, 2017.

Beckman Scholars The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation supports research opportunities for promising Macalester students who intend to pursue a career in scientific research. Beckman Scholars receive generous support for research during two consecutive summers and the intervening academic year as well as funds for research supplies and travel. Stay tuned to hear more about the 2017 Beckman Scholars!

Beltmann: The Beltmann Fund provides support for student-faculty research in the Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Geology, Physics) during the summer by providing stipends for students and faculty. These endowed funds were given to Macalester by Mr. Albert Beltmann, who was a student at Macalester in the post World War I era.

Individual faculty grants: Individual faculty members are awarded external grants to support their research programs. Each faculty member may invite students to assist with the research and will establish application guidelines.

Application Process

The Electronic Student Research Application (ESRA) process is being used for student applications for on-campus research opportunities regardless of whether the funding comes from Beltmann, CSR or individual faculty grants. A link to this application site will be available starting on January 4, 2017.

The Beckman Scholars and Jan Serie Fellowship have separate applications.

Find out more about the ESRA process